Charles Reznikoff reads a selection of his poetry in a program originally recorded at the studio of WBAI in New York and produced by Susan Howe. Reznikoff, who died in January of 1976, was an American Jewish poet, playwright, and author, and the first poet to be called an Objectivist. Intelligent, clear, and not overly metaphorical, Reznikoff’s poems are often personal depictions of New York City life and the experiences of immigrants in the United States. Often very brief, but never boring or overly sentimental, the poems heard here are prime examples of his personal style of poetry, as opposed to his longer works which deal with historical and religious themes.
Note: The attribution of these poems is based on the 2005 edition of “The Poems of Charles Reznikoff” edited by Seamus Cooney except where noted.
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